Juno's Epic Flyby View of the Earth and Moon: Video
Today, NASA released a cool little video from the perspective of the Juno probe that swung past the Earth on Oct. 9. The mission to Jupiter, that was launched in 2011, used the flyby as a gravity assist, accelerating it out of the inner solar system and toward Jupiter’s orbit. The probe is expected to arrive in Jovian orbit on July 4, 2016.
The low-resolution video was stitched together by a series of photographs taken by Juno’s Advanced Color Compass (ASC) camera that is primarily used as a star tracker — a navigation tool. As the probe re-visited our planet after over two years of flying around the sun, it saw the moon transit the Earth’s disk as part of its orbital dance.
To get a better feel for Juno’s orbital trajectory, and how its terrestrial encounter accelerated it into interplanetary space, watch this excellent animation: